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Charlotte White, Founder and Director

Charlotte White, a concert pianist, is a Juilliard graduate and former student of the legendary Josef Lhevinne and the noted Richard Singer (who was, in turn, a student of Leschetitsky, Busoni, and Brahms). She founded the Salon in 1989 after returning to the United States following many years of living, performing and teaching in Asia, including memorable experiences in Japan, India, Thailand and Burma, in order to give more opportunities to young, emerging artists.

Born on May 1, 1914, just before the start of World War I, her life has spanned a century of music.

From performing as a young girl on the earliest radio broadcasts, to recording for the Welte-Minion piano roll company, to concertizing and performing both classical music and her arrangements of jazz works during the Great Depression, to bringing Western classical music to Asian audiences, music has been her joy and inspiration. Well into her seventies she was gratified to perform for Vladimir Horowitz, who applauded her sensitive and lyrical performance.

New York Times


Still Giving the Joint Class

A 100-Year-Old Impresario Who Promotes New Classical Musicians

On May 7th we presented a special concert to a packed house at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall honoring Charlotte White, Founder and Director of the

Salon de Virtuosi in celebration of her 100th BIRTHDAY!

The concert featured some of the Salon’s past

grant winners and other outstanding young artists.


We were thrilled to have Vladimir Feltsman as our Guest of Honor. Robert Sherman, award-winning broadcaster and writer, served as the MC.




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Painting of Charlotte White by Henry Solomonoff

VLADIMIR FELTSMAN
 Guest of Honor
VLADIMIR FELTSMAN
Guest of Honor
ROBERT SHERMAN
MC
ROBERT SHERMAN
MC
JAMES KIM
cellist
JAMES KIM
cellist
ASHU
Saxophonist
ASHU
Saxophonist
ERIKA MITSUI
violinist
ERIKA MITSUI
violinist
EMI FERGUSON
flutist
EMI FERGUSON
flutist
ALESSIO BAX
pianist
ALESSIO BAX
pianist
VASSILY PRIMAKOV
pianist
VASSILY PRIMAKOV
pianist
THE CLAREMONT TRIO
THE CLAREMONT TRIO
JOHN MICHAEL WILLIAMS
tenor
JOHN MICHAEL WILLIAMS
tenor

Charlotte White, Founder and Director

Charlotte White, Founder and Director

Charlotte White's 100th Birthday Celebration

Florence Foster Jenkins

By Charlotte White 10/1/16


“Tinga ling aling a ling a ling,” touted the insistent telephone early, early on a Sunday morning, awaking us from a deep sleep. I was going to ignore it but I always feel there may be something special, an emergency, that I must not miss. So I answered. The voice at the other end was a little squeaky and said proudly, “Are you Charlotte White, the pianist? I am Florence Foster Jenkins, the famed soprano." ...read more